Any time a celebrity comes out of the bipolar closet, this has to be regarded as major news. In late December on ABC's Prime Time, Carrie Fischer of Star Wars fame and author of Postcards From the Edge, told Diane Sawyer: "I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple - just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully. And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive."
It took Carrie some 20 years of denial and a mental breakdown before she came to accept her illness and talk about it: "The world of manic depression is a world of bad judgment calls. Just every kind of bad judgement because it all seems like a good idea at the time. A great idea … So if it’s talking, if it’s shopping, if it’s - the weirdest one for me is sex. That’s only happened twice. But then it’s wow, who are you?"
Today, thanks to therapy and medications, Carrie is back on track. She has written a TV Movie, These Old Broads, starring Carrie's mother, Debbie Reynolds with Shirley McLaine, Joan Collins, and - of all people - Elizabeth Taylor, the woman who stole her father, Eddie Fischer.
Thanks to John McManamy's Bi-Polar Weekly
Spike Milligan is a comic legend and is very open about having manic depressive illness. "I cannot stand being awake, the pain is too much."----Spike Milligan
Born in Ireland in 1918, Spike Milligan was recently awarded a knighthood for his services to entertainment. He served in Italy and Africa during World War II, suffering from what was then called shell-shock, then experienced numerous breakdowns throughout his career.
In the 1950s, he teamed up with Peter Sellers and others in the classic Goons. His book, Badjelly the Witch, has been a longtime staple of every child in the British Commonwealth. Because of his Irish nationality, he cannot use the title Sir
mIcK50 has written a poem in memory of Spike Milligan - Ode To Milligoon
Another type of depression is bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness. Not nearly as prevalent as other forms of depressive disorders, bipolar disorder is characterized by cycling mood changes: severe highs (mania) and lows (depression). Sometimes the mood switches are dramatic and rapid, but most often they are gradual. When in the depressed cycle, an individual can have any or all of the symptoms of a depressive disorder. When in the manic cycle, the individual may be overactive, overtalkative, and have a great deal of energy. Mania often affects thinking, judgment, and social behavior in ways that cause serious problems and embarrassment. For example, the individual in a manic phase may feel elated, full of grand schemes that might range from unwise business decisions to romantic sprees. Mania, left untreated, may worsen to a psychotic state.
BIPOLAR DISORDER SYMPTOMS
- Abnormal or excessive elation
- Unusual irritability
- Decreased need for sleep
- Grandiose notions Increased talking
- Racing thoughts
- Increased sexual desire
- Markedly increased energy
- Poor judgment
- Inappropriate social behavior
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